BALL April

American, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 28th, 1977.

April BALL
Training

Training

1982 
April Ball studied dance at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the School of America Ballet (New York). Her principal professors were Roberto Munoz, Jean Gedeon, Tatiana Terekova and Sergei Berejnoi.

The Artist

The Artist

1995-2003 
She was principal dancer at the Boston Ballet where she performed most of the classical repertoire including Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), La Bayadère (Nikiya), Le Corsaire (Medora), Sleeping Beauty (The Lilac Fairy), Giselle (Myrtha), The Nutcracker (The Sugar Plum Fairy), before her temperament and curiosity led her to explore other creative fields.

2003-2004
She joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. With these companies, she performed choreographies by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Mark Morris, Rudi Van Danzig, Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor and Kenneth MacMillan.

2004
She joined Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo under the direction of Jean-Christophe Maillot. In addition to her great technical and performance abilities, her personality makes her a leading soloist. She has performed several roles for this choreographer, particularly Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Fairy in Cinderella, the Lilac Fairy in La Belle. Jean-Christophe Maillot created the character of Helena for her in Le Songe and the Black Swan in Lac.

The choreographers Larbi Cherkaoui, Shen Wei, Chris Haring, Emio Greco/Pieter Scholten, Johan Inger and Ina Christel Johannessen have also created roles for her.

Awards and distinctions

Awards and distinctions

1994 
Silver medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson (Mississippi).

1994 
Gold medal at the Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest (Hungary).

1999
Nominated as Best Female Dancer for the Prix Benois de la Danse.

"But Behind the Bridge" chor. Natalia Horecna ©AB
The Fairy in "Cinderella" chor. J-Ch. Maillot ©AB
The Lilac Fairy in "La Belle" chor. J-Ch. Maillot ©AB
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"But Behind the Bridge" chor. Natalia Horecna ©AB
The Fairy in "Cinderella" chor. J-Ch. Maillot ©AB
The Lilac Fairy in "La Belle" chor. J-Ch. Maillot ©AB